Cantiere delle Marche and GCCM Enter Partnership

By George Bains

Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) has selected Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) as its preferred service and repair facility for all vessels sold in Australia.

Cantiere delle Marche opened a new office in Australia in December 2020, responding to a rise in enquiries for the shipyard’s high-quality explorer yachts by Australasian clientele. Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard is the most awarded marine facility in the southern hemisphere, and it isn’t the first time that it has been by a renowned international shipyard as a preferred service partner. Back in March 2020, UAE yacht builder Gulf Craft announced that it had entered into a partnership with GCCM to support Australasian based clients with service, maintenance and refit.

Ancona-based Cantiere delle Marche has firmly established itself as a leading shipyard in the construction of innovative explorer superyachts in the 30 to 46 metre category. CdM owners in Australia will now have priority access to GCCM’s one-stop-shop capabilities spanning the 175,000 square metre facility that includes 20 refit sheds for yachts up to 50 metres, a 75-metre superyacht work basin and over 90 on-site businesses employing in excess of 800 specialised contractors.

CdM’s Australian office in Sydney’s Rozelle Bay is headed by Paul Miletta and Domenico Giuffrè. For Miletta, choosing GCCM as the preferred yard was an easy decision. “This is a value-add ‘peace of mind’ and convenience move to ensure any CdM buyers can be guaranteed service and maintenance schedules will be seamlessly delivered at GCCM thanks to our strategic agreement,” said Miletta.

“As world leaders in Explorer Vessels, CdM yachts are proving to be the perfect choice for the South Pacific. Ideal for adventuring Australia’s intrepid coastline with the ability to reach all destinations safely and in comfort,” he continued. “By aligning ourselves with GCCM, we are ensuring that existing and new CdM owners have access to the best of the best service and maintenance to keep their vessels on the water in pristine condition.”

The most recent Cantiere delle Marche arrival in Australia was 31m Darwin Class 102, M/Y True Blue. True Blue had been purchased by an Australian owner, while another Darwin Class is expected to arrive in Sydney later this year. Both owners have pinpointed Australia’s rugged and wild Kimberley region as the basis of superyacht adventures in the near future.

Trenton Gay, CEO of GCCM, expressed his pride that his shipyard had again been selected by a prominent international yachting brand for quality and convenient service and maintenance capabilities.

“We are extremely proud to be attracting global recognition as a world-class maintenance and refit destination and this latest CdM partnership adds to the portfolio of international shipbuilding brands that we work exclusively with,” Mr Gay said.

“We are looking forward to welcoming CdM captains and owners to GCCM and ensuring their service and maintenance schedules are on-time, on-budget and delivered with second-to-none quality.”

"By aligning ourselves with GCCM, we are ensuring that existing and new CdM owners have access to the best of the best service and maintenance."

Paul Miletta, Cantiere delle Marche Australia

"By aligning ourselves with GCCM, we are ensuring that existing and new CdM owners have access to the best of the best service and maintenance."

Paul Miletta, Cantiere delle Marche Australia
By George Bains
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